Landholders in Kilcoy benefit from Green Army teams

Landholders in Kilcoy benefit from Green Army teams

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07-Apr-2015

Green Army team with Federal Member Shayne Neumann, SEQ Water, Simon Warner and Bruce Lord SEQ Catchments, Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare, Deputy Mayor for Somerset Dan Hall

Stopping the spread of weeds can be a costly and intensive process, but over the last four months landholders have benefitted from the great work of a Green Army team at Kilcoy, an Australian Government initiative that provides 17 to 24 year olds with hands on environmental management training and on Wednesday 29th March, the Green Army teams graduated from the program.

Coordinated by SEQ Catchments and Conservation Volunteers Australia, the team is helping to manage problem environmental weeds, particularly exotic canopy vines such as Cats claw creeper and Madeira vine on properties along Kilcoy Creek.

Bruce Lord from SEQ Catchments said that the teams were adding a lot of value by helping to restore natural areas in Kilcoy,

“Weeds are huge problem and many of them can become established very quickly, especially along our waterways.”

“For example, Cat’s claw creeper is notorious for spreading very quickly and dense infestations are very difficult to manage and can become overwhelming for landholders.” said Bruce. 

“Left unchecked these invasive vines quickly smother our native trees, causing habitat loss, bank erosion and degradation of our precious waterways.” 

“Through this programme, we are offering landholders assistance with managing some of these weeds on their property, improving the health of our waterways and it also gives the trainees an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and learn some valuable skills along the way, that hopefully they will be able to take with them and apply in other aspects of their lives and careers.

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative that taps into local knowledge and supports grassroots action to meet local environmental challenges.

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said many hands make light work and congratulated local land owners for supporting employment opportunities for young people.

“Kilcoy is one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, but it’s not without its challenges; like maintaining the land and finding job and training opportunities for our young people,” said Mr Neumann


“I congratulate SEQ Catchments and Conservation Volunteers Australia for their ongoing support and management of our environment and thank them for all their hard work.”

Supported by the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme, SEQ Catchments, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Seqwater.


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